Rockets news: Houston signs Demetrius Jackson to a two-way contract
The Houston Rockets announced the signing of point guard Demetrius Jackson to a two-way contract, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. This deal will allow the former Notre Dame product to develop with affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the G League — following a great stint with the Maine Red Claws during the 2016-17 season.
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Jackson saw only five games of NBA action during his first season with the Boston Celtics but has drawn eyes from the Rockets, who have gone all-in on the tandem of Chris Paul and James Harden and are hopeful the youth around them can provide a spark off the bench during this upcoming campaign.
At a sturdy 6-foot-1 and 201 pounds, Jackson isn’t afraid of contact and will look to finish among the trees, a skill which was among his best in the college game, but one that has gotten him in trouble in the pro game. The 22-year-old has averaged 14.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game with the Red Claws last season, proving a vital part of the backcourt.
While Jackson will likely have trouble cracking the rotation during the regular season, Houston expects to farm his talent and hope he evolves into a roster contender during the upcoming years.
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